What is Threads of Meaning?
Threads of Meaning is a workshop that utilizes hand stitching as a quiet place for reflection. Through the continued practice of working with our hands, stories, subjects and themes emerge. These ideas are used by recording them in a journal/sketchbook and in the stitched projects. Threads of Meaning Workshop focuses on exploring each participant's personal creative voice. It's goal is to help you discover your authentic style as an artist.
How is Threads of Meaning different from other stitching workshops?
As an artist, I am always trying to evolve and refine my work and style to be something original that speaks from my heart. I am not teaching technique to be simply copied, but rather a way of approaching the creative process. Thinking, noticing and recording are necessary to finding clues for what direction you should take as a maker. Digging deeper into what seem like random thoughts or ideas can lead to great creative discoveries. Being accountable for your practice is a worthwhile habit for maximizing your potential.
How will the Threads of Meaning Virtual Workshop work?
Threads of Meaning Virtual Workshop is a private blog workshop exclusive to subscribers.
When your payment is received, you will be provided with a password to access the current session ARTIST FORUM . You will receive an email to let you know that the current week's lesson is live. Just visit this website to access the Lessons and the Forum.
During the workshop the ARTIST FORUM allows you to upload images of your work, to share or to receive comments from the Threads of Meaning Community. You can add your own comments, questions, ideas and inspirations throughout the course. Roxanne makes every effort to personalize the experience for each student.
Do I have to sign up for more than one at a time?
No, you may take any virtual workshop as desired. Sessions will include five readings and exercises during two calendar months to give students adequate time to process and develop some of the recommended habits.
Participants will have to renew their subscription to participate in a new session.
If I sign up again, will the course repeat?
Each session will have exercises and readings for both beginner and experienced participants.
All exercises and readings in the session, may be used by either group. These exercises can be taken to your level or in your personal direction based on your experience and interest to pursue something further. If you feel you need more direction, I am always available to answer question, provide addition reading and process suggestions. I urge experienced participants to revisit past themes and explore them more deeply to acquire greater meaning in their work.
What materials will I need?
Materials can be whatever fabric, thread and needles you have on hand. Recycled linens, silks, cottons from clothing and other projects work well. Found objects, other art media and even a partially finished project. These find lovely homes in new work and give delightful layers to the new project. Suggestions and inspirations will appear in the FORUM from Roxanne and the comments of other participants.
Will the course be only hand stitching?
No. If you have the inclination to work with your machine, please do so. It is another tool to add interest to your work.
You will develop your own mode of working with the fabric. Machine piecing of foundation backgrounds, machine embroidery, photo transfer, dyeing, block printing are all welcome additions to the process and offer your original signature to your work. Roxanne can help add these techniques to your personal creative toolbox.
I am offering this workshop to facilitate your creative journey, in whatever direction it takes you.
Do I have to do every exercise?
No. The exercises are meant to spark ideas for your work. If you don't feel an exercise or reading is useful, let me know why. I am committed to personalizing this adventure to suit your needs. You will find that as your work quietly, ideas will present themselves independent of the lesson. The goal is to work at your personal pace that is comfortable for allowing ideas to emerge. You can also revisit the exercises at a later time. However, keep a journal/sketchbook handy for thoughts you have along the way. You want to explore at a later date.
Do I have to comment or add images?
You are free to observe and listen to others in the group, but my hope is that you will bring your special self to the "gathering table." The community is built on honest participation. Your thoughts are valued by the community. Everyone is expected to be respectful of others' work and words.
Can I make private comments to the moderator?
Yes, I am always available to receive emails and my work as moderator is driven by the activity of participants. You are all inspirations to me and the success of the workshop.
Is my subscription refundable?
Once you have received the password, the tuition is not refundable. If you have signed up in error, email me immediately to discuss a refund.
You may share the readings. All readings are derived from public resources and given appropriate attribution so that you may explore and discover further. All materials written for the course in Lesson format, in the Forum and in the Videos are for personal use only, are copyrighted and may not be copied or disseminated publicly without my written consent.
If there are any other questions you may have about Threads of Meaning, feel free to email me.